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Sep 15

Celebrate Pirate Week with York County Public Library

Posted on September 15, 2020 at 2:34 PM by Elizabeth Land

York County Public Library celebrate Pirate Week

Don't be a landlubber! Visit the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries to celebrate Pirate Week with us! Both libraries will be hosting a special scavenger hunt for treasure. While supplies last, you can also pick up a themed activity to-go kit. And don't forget to check out our YouTube Channel to learn how to be a pirate from Ms. Dreama and Ms. Sarah!

Story Time
First up, check out our Pirate Week Story Time. Learn how to speak like a pirate, sing a sea shanty, and enjoy a story about hunting for treasure. And don't forget to subscribe on YouTube so you never miss another library video!

Pirate Books, Activities & More
Talk Like A Pirate PhrasesShiver me Timbers! Ye say ye didn't make it to the library in time to grab your activity to-go kit? We wouldn't leave you marooned! Keep scrolling for links to library book about pirates, songs, and activities you can do at home. We even have handy guide to pirate lingo, just in time for International Talk Like a Pirate, celebrated on September 19. 

Sink or Float Experiment (adapted from

Want to try the Sink or Float Science experiment featured in our Pirate-Themed Story Time?


  • A large bowl
  • Various household items: sponges,paper clips, plastic bottles, bottle caps, crumpled up aluminum foil or paper, buttons, fruit, wood, toy blocks, pens or pencils, cork, styrofoam cup, coins, elastic bands, etc.
  • Writing utensil
  • Sink or Float Chart


  1. With a parent's permission, collect all of the items you want to test from around the house.
  2. Fill the bowl with water
  3. Guess whether you think each item will sink or float and separate the items into two piles.
  4. One at a time, drop the items into the water. Record the item under “Sink” or Float” on the printable chart.
  5. Discuss the results with a parent and see if you can figure if there are commonalities among the objects that sink or float.